In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a chalk text effect in Photoshop. We will be modifying a chalk brush and using it to create a colorful chalk text effect.
To create a chalk text effect, you’ll need:
Open the chalkboard image and use the Crop Tool to remove the black background and the corners.
Let’s darken the image now by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels and using the settings shown below.
To make the colors more vivid, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and use the settings shown below.
Write your text using the Blokletters Potlood font in white color and with 270pt font size.
I created the text here in two different layers in order to make them in different colors, but you can create them in one.
Go to Window > Brush to open the Brush panel and use the settings shown below.
Hide your text layers.
Now, right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path.
Set white as your foreground color, grab the Direct Selection Tool, create a new layer above all the other layers and name it “Chalk”.
Right click on the path and select Stroke Path.
Use the settings shown below.
If you have a different font size, you might need a different brush size.
To stroke each letter with a different color, first create a work path and then with the Direct Selection Tool selected, click and drag to select the letter’s anchor points.
Set the foreground color to whatever you want to color the letter with. Lighter colors work best here. Then, stroke the path like you did before, but don’t press Enter until you have stroked all the letters. From left to right, the colors used here are #f5989d, #fff799, #bd8cbf, #fdbd89, #79bcde and #82ca89.
Finally, we will enhance the colors slightly by creating an adjustment layer. To do so, click on the Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer option in the layers palette, and select Gradient Map from the list that appears.
The adjustment layer should be on top of all the other layers. Then, set its opacity at 40% and change its blending mode to Multiply.
Use the settings below for the gradient.
And we’re done! The chalk text effect tutorial is complete!